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Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 16)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 16) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 1-0 1-0 Queen City 2-1 2-1 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Mint Hill 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 15)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 15) Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 1-0 1-0 Queen City 1-1 1-1 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Maiden Post 240 […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 14)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings (thru June 14) Eastern Division Division Overall Queen City 1-0 1-0 Gaston Post 144-266 0-0 0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Maiden Post 240 […]

6-13-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College track and baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100’s Jerry Hudson was inducted into the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Raleigh during the annual North Carolina American Legion convention. Hudson, currently the N.C. Area IV commissioner, also is a longtime Cherryville Post 100 athletic officer. Hudson was inducted with Rowan […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (thru June 13)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings Eastern Division Division Overall Queen City 1-0 1-0 Gaston Post 144-266 0-0 0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Union County Post 535 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-1 0-1 Western Division Division Overall Maiden Post 240 1-0 1-0 Asheville […]

6-12-21 roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Wingate University completed its comeback run through the NCAA Division II World Series to finish as 2021 baseball national champions. And former Crest standout Logan McNeely was named tournament most valuable player after helping the Bulldogs beat Central Missouri 5-3 in Saturday’s championship game at the USA National Training Complex in Cary. […]

Area IV American Legion baseball update (through June 12)

American Legion 2021 Area IV standings Eastern Division Division Overall Gaston Post 144-266 0-0 0-0 Gastonia Post 23 0-0 0-0 Lincoln County Post 455 0-0 0-0 Mint Hill 0-0 0-0 Pineville Post 337 0-0 0-0 Queen City 0-0 0-0 Western Division Division Overall Asheville Post 70 0-0 0-0 Burke County Post 21 0-0 0-0 Caldwell […]

6-11-21 roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball

By Richard Walker Wingate wasn’t just satisfied with making its first NCAA Division II World Series. The Bulldogs’ fourth straight win at the event at the USA National Training Complex in Cary – an 8-7, 11-inning thriller over Angelo State – will give the school the chance to play for a national championship on Saturday. […]

Thursday’s roundup: High school football, baseball, soccer, softball and wrestling, College baseball, football, soccer and cross country

By Richard Walker Two local coaches and nine players have been invited to participate in the North Carolina Coaches’ Association East-West All-Star football game this summer. The contest, which began in 1949, will be held on July 21 at Greensboro Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium this summer after the coronavirus cancelled the 2020 event. Local coaches for […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Pro baseball, College baseball, football and soccer, High school soccer, softball and baseball

By Richard Walker Former Burns High and Cherryville Legion Post 100 standout Christopher Proctor is one step away from the major leagues after being promoted to Class AAA Toledo on Wednesday. Proctor, a 2015 Burns High graduate, had been playing for the West Michigan Whitecaps of the High Class A Central League where he was […]

Tuesday’s roundup: College baseball, football and soccer, High school soccer, softball, golf, baseball and track, Middle schools

By Richard Walker West Lincoln High School won its first state title in girls golf behind balance as the Rebels beat Pine Lake Prep by a 10-shot margin in the Class 1A/2A state championships played at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday. Other state champions were Freedom in Class 3A and Pfafftown Reagan in 4A. Leah […]

Gastonia has a long, successful Legion baseball history and it’s last state finals team added “Comeback Kids” to that story

By Richard Walker In the early days of American Legion baseball in North Carolina, Gastonia Post 23 was the program by which all others were measured. After all, Gastonia advanced to the state championship series 11 times from 1930 to 1956. The last time Post 23 advanced that far came in 1972 when a group […]

Cherryville to host 2021 N.C. Legion state tournament and N.C. Area IV will have 16 teams this summer

By Richard Walker North Carolina American Legion baseball has long been big in the area and 2021 will be no different as top Legion officials make preparations for the new season after the coronavirus pandemic cancelled all games and tournaments in 2020. The pandemic did cause a shift of plans for the N.C. American Legion […]

Honey Hunters sign former North Gaston, N.C. State, major league pitching standout

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters have signed their first player for the upcoming season. And it’s a player with a local background. Former North Gaston High standout Jake Buchanan signed with team according to the team’s @gohoneyhunters twitter account release on Thursday morning. A 2007 North Gaston High graduate, Buchanan was also a […]

George Wilson: Set area record for minor league service in addition to major league and overseas career that includes World Series title

By Richard Walker George Wilson may have had the most unique professional baseball career of anybody in the area. A 1942 Cherryville High graduate who played for Gastonia’s Post 23 1941 American Legion state championship team, Wilson set a local record for years of minor league service, won a major league World Series for the […]

Elmore Hill was a pioneer in Gastonia and a minor league baseball star who made it to the majors as a hitting instructor

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Elmore “Moe” Hill has been voted the greatest player in one of the country’s oldest professional baseball leagues. He’s also been considered one of the best hitting instructors in the sport. At home, he’s considered a pioneer as he and teammate Willie Gillispie became the first African-American to play American Legion […]

N.C. state American Legion baseball tournament didn’t start until 2000 but it’s had lots of history and future MLB stars

By Richard Walker The N.C. American Legion state tournament only began in 2000 but has seen all sorts of drama, history and spectacular performances. That includes a 2006 state final featuring two future major leaguers – Morehead City’s Lonnie Chisenhall and Caldwell County’s Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner would later turn in one of the best pitching […]

Bessemer City Post 243: Program’s best days came in late 1980s after it combined with Kings Mountain

By Richard Walker Bessemer City American Legion Post 243 fielded 27 teams from 1946 to 1996. Due to one of the smallest areas from which to draw its players, it suffered through predictable struggles. But Post 243 did enjoy success in two seasons in the late 1980s when it paired championship-winning Bessemer City High players […]

Baseball revolutionary: Stanley’s Ted Abernathy became one of the major leagues’ first “relief aces”

By Richard Walker Anyone who watches baseball these days knows that relief pitching is a key part to the game. It wasn’t that way in the 1960s until Stanley’s Ted Abernathy unwittingly became a baseball revolutionary by being one of the first players to perfect the art of relief pitching. A 1951 Stanley High graduate, […]

How big is American Legion baseball in our area? Cleveland and Gaston counties have hosted 33 Legion national tournaments

By Richard Walker As anyone who lives in the area knows, American Legion baseball has made its World Series home in Shelby. But even before Shelby became the permanent host to Legion’s signature event, this region has been a frequent host to national tournaments – and that started 90 years ago in Gastonia. Gastonia became […]

N.C. Legion state tournament will be coming to Cleveland County in 2021

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High School’s Lancaster Field is set to become a first-time host of the North Carolina American Legion championship tournament The facility was granted the 2020 tournament before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled all Legion tournaments locally, regionally and nationally. And the 2021 event is based on COVID-19 conditions and has to […]

In 2021, Gastonia will add to a rich pro baseball history that includes 131 future or former major leaguers and 3 eventual Hall of Famers

By Richard Walker When Gastonia begins its first Atlantic Coast League baseball season in May it’ll be a back to the future moment for the city that hasn’t been home to a professional baseball team since 1995. Gastonia professional teams have had 131 future or former major leaguers, including National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees […]

Remembering when Sims Legion Park was the hottest ticket in town as Gastonia Post 23 nearly won a second ALWS

By Richard Walker Ten teams have won more than one American Legion World Series. Gastonia was painfully close to making it 11 in 1954 in what has proved to be the last year Post 23 won a state title. It came during a summer when fans packed Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park night after night – […]

American Legion baseball started locally in 1929 and has produced wins, championships and fans ever since

By Richard Walker Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties have never ranked ranked near the top of the North Carolina population. But they do have arguably the most interest in American Legion baseball as 12 local posts have sponsored teams over the years and won more than 100 championships including two American Legion World Series titles. […]

Before Gastonia Post 23 became the state’s first baseball power, it had to win its first title

By Richard Walker Longtime North Carolina American Legion baseball fans know that Gastonia Post 23 was the state’s first power. That started in just the second year Gastonia sponsored a team of 1930. It started a stretch of five titles in nine years and nine titles in 25 years.     How dominant was the […]

What former Gastonia Post 23 star is a N.C. Legion pioneer and local sports legend?

By Richard Walker J.K. “Buddy” Lewis’ deep roots to American Legion baseball in North Carolina are second to none. Not only was Lewis the first North Carolina major leaguer ever produced by the state’s Legion program but after he concluded a 12-year professional career he served as a Legion coach, athletic officer and commissioner. As […]

Gastonia and Gaston County has a history of World Series winners

By Richard Walker As the World Series continues between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays, Gastonia and Gaston County certainly can celebrate its championship past in the Fall Classic. Four former Gastonia Post 23 players have been on championship teams as well as Lowell native Carroll “Whitey” Lockman. Tnterestingly, only one of the […]

N.C. has enjoyed American Legion regional playoff success

By Richard Walker North Carolina has hosted 70 national American Legion baseball┬átournaments over the years. And local teams like Cherryville Post 100, Gastonia Post 23 and Shelby Post 82 have benefitted with championship success. Gastonia’s 1935 World Series championship came in the old Gastonia High School Stadium that is now a parking lot off Garrison […]